PHYS5403 Radiotherapy Physics
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Multi-mode
- Students gain an understanding of the origins of ionising radiation, how radiation is detected and measured, and learn about the equipment used to measure radiation. The basic principles of radiotherapy methods and equipment are explored and an understanding of clinical beams, dosimetry, treatment planning, quality assurance and radiotherapy techniques are developed.
- Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the origins of ionising radiation and its interaction with matter; (2) describe the principles of detection and accurate measurement of radiation; (3) understand the fundamental principles underlying basic radiation measurement instruments and describe how to use these instruments to measure radiation; (4) understand the principles underlying radiotherapy methods and radiotherapy equipment; (5) understand the characteristics of clinical beams and their measurement; (6) understand dosimetry measurements used in radiotherapy; (7) describe acceptance, commissioning, and quality assurance of equipment in radiotherapy; (8) understand basic treatment planning in radiotherapy; (9) understand the use of sealed and unsealed sources in radiotherapy, including the basic principles of brachytherapy; and (10) discuss a range of clinical applications and novel radiotherapy techniques and their advantages.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) tutorial preparation and participation; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the assignments component.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Pejman Rowshan Farzad
- Unit rules
- enrolment in 53560 Master of Physics (Medical Physics specialisation) and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent.
- Advisable prior study:
- PHYS5404 Radiation Physics and Dosimetry
- Contact hours
- 2 - 3 hours per week plus an extra hour of practicals in some weeks.
Johns, H. E. and Cunningham, J. R. The Physics of Radiology, 4th edn: Springfield 1984
Khan, F. The Physics of Radiation Therapy, 4th edn: Williams and Wilkins 2010
Khan, F. M. Treatment Planning in Radiation Oncology: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 2007
Mayles, P., Nahum, A. and Rosenwald, J. C. Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics: Theory and Practice: Taylor & Francis 2007
Podgorsak, E. B. Radiation Oncology Physics: a Handbook for Teachers and Students: International Atomic Energy Agency 2005
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